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Airway Heights prison beekeeping program inspires sustainability and self-improvement

AHCC had gardening and composting programs for years, but in spring 2016 the prison approached master beekeeper Jim Miller with a proposal to create a cutting-edge apprenticeship program at the …


Redemption Project unravels the past in hopes of building stronger future for inmates

With each toss of a colorful ball of yarn, the story thread unraveled.


Whitworth students agree: Airway Heights prison’s dog training program is a net positive for all involved

Whitworth University junior Hannah Stafford had never met a prison inmate before. Especially not one whose job it is to train and rehabilitate rescue dogs inside the high, razor sharp …


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 10:38 a.m.

‘Every tool I need to succeed’: First four men earn college degrees while incarcerated at Airway Heights

“Some of us are really sorry for what we did, and we need not only a second chance but a second look at who we are,” said David Hall, 39, …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 7:52 p.m.

Inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center on hunger strike over quality of breakfast food

A majority of inmates at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell have launched a hunger strike.


Inmates are training dogs at Airway Heights prison and helping themselves along the way

Dog training program at Airway Heights Corrections Center brings positive changes for inmates and shelter dogs.


An ‘inside’ look at food: Industrial-scale production in Washington’s prison system

Since 2003, food production within Washington’s Department of Corrections has shifted towards larger, industrial-scale operations. But while the move has generated cost savings, some inmates and their advocates also see …


Former Airway Heights prison guard sentenced to prison for armed robberies

A former Airway Heights prison guard was sentenced to just over 16.5 years in prison Thursday for two take-over armed robberies of a Dollar Tree store in Cheney where he …


Former Airway Heights prison guard found guilty of robbery, kidnapping

A former Airway Heights prison guard was found guilty Tuesday on all charges related to two armed robberies he committed while wearing part of his guard uniform


Airway Heights prison guard suspected of armed robbery in Cheney

An Airway Heights prison guard was arrested Tuesday in connection with an armed robbery at a Dollar Tree store in Cheney.


Prison safety improved after guard murder, but some gaps persist, auditors say

Washington’s prisons have stepped up safety after a corrections officer was murdered in 2011, but individual facilities still lack certain improvements.


Inmate’s family gets $8 million jury award

The family of an Airway Heights Corrections Center inmate who died after guards allegedly ignored his medical condition and treated his diabetic episode as a behavioral problem won an $8 …


Inmate, fiancée face pot charges

A man serving time at Airway Heights Corrections Center is accused of trying to smuggle marijuana into the prison with help from his fiancée. Airway Heights correctional officers found a …


Couple accused of drug smuggling during Valentine’s Day prison visit

A man serving time at Airway Heights Corrections Center is accused of trying to smuggle marijuana into the prison with help from his fiancee.


Airway Heights prisoner dies clearing DNR land

An Airway Heights prison inmate died today while clearing land for the state Department of Natural Resources.


Prison gardens provide food for inmates’ tables, spirits

It’s been almost 10 years since Dan Stockwell sat in Kitsap County Jail, waiting to be sentenced to life without parole on charges of child molestation. Now, he’s a gardener …


Inmates getting aerospace job training

Forget license plates. Some inmates at the Airway Heights Corrections Center are training for jobs in the state’s huge aerospace industry. About a dozen inmates are enrolled in a program …


Prison therapist who had sex with inmate pleads guilty

An Airway Heights Corrections Center sexual deviancy therapist charged with sleeping with a sex offender pleaded guilty to a lesser crime Tuesday.


Talcum powder leads to prison lockdown

Talcum powder led to the lockdown of Airway Heights Corrections Center on Thursday.


Prison staffer accused of sexual misconduct

Airway Heights Corrections Center is investigating a second woman on staff accused of having sex with an inmate. The employee, identified in court documents as Siri A. Crain, had sex …


Airway Heights prison therapist confronted, quits

A female therapist who specialized in sexual deviancy treatment at the Airway Heights Corrections Center resigned after having an inappropriate relationship with a male sex offender, prison officials said Thursday. …


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2013, 4:51 p.m.

Therapist resigns following inappropriate relationship with sex offender

Airway Heights Corrections Center officials confirmed today that a female employee resigned because of an inappropriate relationship with a male sex offender.


Washington prison program shows signs of cutting crime

A pilot program to correct the behavior of violent prison inmates at a cognitive level is helping keep the peace in one pod of the Airway Heights Corrections Center. The …


Spokane jury convicts in attack on inmate

A jury found convicted killer Michael L. West Jr. guilty Tuesday of gouging out the eyes of a fellow prison inmate, ensuring that West will remain in prison for the …


Killer claims insanity in gruesome prison attack

Convicted killer Michael L. West Jr., now standing trial for gouging out the eyes of a fellow inmate, sat in a chair Tuesday with his hands cuffed to his waist …


Trial opens in gruesome eye-gouging attack

Convicted killer Michael L. West Jr., now standing trial for gouging out the eyes of a fellow inmate, sat in a chair today with his hands cuffed to his waist …


Program aims to change how inmates think, react

Lionel George and Apelu Tamau are intimidating guys. But don’t be fooled by their sumo-wrestling size, Tamau’s long black hair or George’s tattooed arms.


No holds barred

Kim Imel held back tears as Spencer, a 1-year-old dachshund mix, sniffed around his new home and played with his new companions. The dachshund was in prison – literally.


Airway Heights inmates cut and deliver firewood to needy

Things were looking pretty bleak for Cory and Jennifer Betts last fall until they got some help from an unlikely bunch of guys – offenders at the Airway Heights Corrections …


Prison staff wants safety now

State prison guards who were promised safer working conditions following the Jan. 29 slaying of a corrections officer in Western Washington are still waiting. At Airway Heights Corrections Center near …